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Barbara Reviews

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November 26, 2013
Set in the rural countryside of communist East Germany in 1981, Barbara is the story of a doctor who has been moved to the outskirts of civilization as a reprimand for having tried to find employment in West Berlin in a time when that thought was inconceivable and punishable by law. The doctor is Barbara who is in love with a businessman from West Berlin whom she meets from time to time when he is allowed to do business outside of the wall in Berlin. They hope to find a way to get Barbara to freedom so that they can be together ... although this isn't easy as Barbara is needed quite often at the rural hospital where she has been placed and she is also watched rather closely by government agents who will oftentimes check in on her and perform cavity searches -- because communists can do this. She has a few patients that rely heavily on her and she befriends another young doctor who has been placed at her same hospital ... so she begins to realize her freedom will come at a cost to others. Barbara is a VERY slow moving film but it is rather well-made. It takes some time for one to become accustomed to the film's pace but the story kept my interest even though little happens from scene to scene. It builds some tension as the film nears its conclusion even though the pacing never really picks up. That is rather surprising ... as this little film surprised me. I didn't expect much out of this ... and there isn't much to Barbara; but it is still a rather good film. It is always interesting looking back into time at another place and culture -- and late Cold War-era East Germany has always intrigued me. Barbara shows there was heart and warmth in this cold era.
November 23, 2013
Sad & Beautiful :-(
November 21, 2013
Perhaps some viewers may find it slow, but I found the chemistry between the two leads interesting.
½ November 20, 2013
Great intense Cold War thriller. A definite must see!
½ November 17, 2013
Slow-paced, "lengthy" & so dry.
½ November 15, 2013
A truly original film worthy of all the praises it has received. Nina Hoss gives a highly effective and restrained performance as the title character who finds herself questioning all of her hopes, desires and dreams when faced with a chance of love. Set against the paranoia and oppression of West Germany in 1980, Petzold creates a quietly intense film that wisely sidesteps many of the political possibilities in favor of the most important element of the political: humanity. Brilliant.
September 25, 2013
Engaging, intriguing, perplexing....
3 Michael Nykvists
August 11, 2013
MARAVILLOSA.. Tengo una particular fascinación por las películas de la RDA.
July 5, 2013
Barbara - no, not Streisand (I will hear nothing against her), but the German film doing the rounds at a handful of independent and select mainstream cinemas, was a perfect antidote to yesterday's utter pish that was The Campaign.

Intelligent, nuanced, thoughtful, well crafted ... excellent.
June 26, 2013
U meni film nije pobudio nita. Film je pokazatelj jednog prolog vremena i to je to.
½ June 21, 2013
"Barbara" is a quiet character piece. It's a subtle, tense, humanistic drama not ideally suited for audiences of plot-driven pictures. Nina Hoss gives an oscars worry performance.The only promblem is the understated telling of the story and explaining is really too difficult to understand for most today. So read yourself up on what the DDR-politics where before you see this.
½ May 25, 2013
A weigh of humanity hidden under a surprisingly tension-free work
½ May 1, 2013
This is a beautiful account of a doctor trying to get out of East Germany and the mundaneness of the crushing weight of the state as nobody can trust anyone as it is expected that everyone is writing reports and everyone has something to hide and protect.
The sheer ordinariness of police surveillance is nicely offset y showing the other side of their lives and whilst the ending might be predictable, the film is well worth a viewing.
Just don't expect the sort of editing you'd find in a typical MTV generation movie.
April 28, 2013
Hladana, tiha, spora, ispod radarska prica o ljubavi u zidom presjecenim svjetovima.
April 23, 2013
Not so much a "thriller" as it is a thoughtful, quiet study of an East German woman who plans and prepares to go West. There is some oppression by the government, some measured and justifiable paranoia on her part, and some medical drama at the hospital in the provinces she is exiled to as punishment. Everything is plausible, and nothing is shrill. It may sound boring, and though it may be for some I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was Germany's entry for the 2012 Oscars.
April 23, 2013
gezien 19 april noordwolde filmhuis. Mooie film, weinig gesproken, wel een te verwachten einde. Gelukkig zat ik naast een kenner, die deze film uitstekend begreep. Beklemmend sfeerbeeld van oostduitsland voor de val van de muur.
April 20, 2013
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April 14, 2013
Un filme sencillo, nada pretencioso y de una carga emocional bastante medida. La historia se desarrolla en una suerte de vereda de la RDA de principios de los 80's a donde es enviada la prestigiosa doctora Barbara a ejercer sus labores en un hospital; el relato se enfoca en narrar de manera práctica y sencilla el lado personal y emocional de una profesional venida a menos por la situación politica de Alemania, muy insinuada magistralmente, y que es sometida a la censura y la vigilancia constante por parte de la Stasi. Aunque el personaje de Barbara (Nina Hoss) por momentos llegue a ser una especie de calco del capitán Gerd Wiesler de Das Leben der Anderen, la película cumple su cometido dramático a completa cabalidad. Muy buena.
½ April 14, 2013
Utterly absorbing and suspenseful character study of a conflicted doctor torn between her loyalty to her husband and her budding love for her physician colleague. This is the best film I've seen from Christian Petzold, which succeeds largely from a nuanced performance from Nina Hoss, Petzold's muse.
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